Preparing Boys for Life

Strategic Plan: Lifelong Learning & Leading

Dr. John NaglDear Fords Nation,

The Haverford School is committed to continuing to improve and evolve so that our boys will be prepared to lead and serve our community and our world for years to come. In support of that effort, every five years we engage in a strategic planning process to ensure that we're meeting the needs of today's boys -- and that we are strongly positioned to educate and inspire future generations.  

This process is important; our 2015 effort led to a formal commitment to help every Haverford student be a man of character who is a good citizen of Philadelphia and our nation. This year's effort will set the course of the School for 2020 and beyond.

The strategic planning process began in earnest at the Board Retreat at West Point Oct. 5-6, which I encourage you to read about here. We debated the challenges that Haverford faces, the priorities we should pursue, and the things that cannot and must not change for the School to continue to thrive. We then enlisted the thoughts of the internal and external communities on these topics. Together, we are determining the kind of school Haverford should be, what values and programs we should emphasize, and how we can continue to fulfill and advance our mission.

The 18-month strategic planning effort, which has benefitted from the input of alums, parents, students, faculty, and staff, has reached a critical phase. Three working groups are combing through data and ideas generated throughout the process to determine what strategic priorities we should implement over the next five years. As our world changes rapidly, we must adapt both what and how we teach, a task overseen by our 21st Century Teaching and Learning team chaired by Trustee Jennifer Paradis Behle P’20 and Assistant Head of School Mark Thorburn. A Character, Culture, and Community team chaired by Trustee Randall Drain ’01 and Head of Middle School Jay Greytok ’83 will work to ensure that our programs are developing the men we need to lead our nation through the challenges we face now and into the future. And to guarantee that The Haverford School continues to prepare boys for life for another century to come, Bart Smith ’95 and Chief Financial Officer David Gold are leading a Financial Sustainability working group that has enormous implications for the long-term health of the institution we hold so dear.

Thank you for your help and support as we continue our work together to prepare our boys for a life of meaning and purpose.



Dr. John Nagl
Ninth Headmaster

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